Joey Palacios / Texas Public Radio

Directly across the street from the Shrine of Texas Liberty, three buildings will soon be in the hands of the Texas Land Office for future planning. The GLO is the steward of the Alamo as well.

If you've grown up in the Alamo City, you've seen the Palace, Woolworth, and Crockett buildings bunched up together starting at the corner of Houston St. and Alamo Plaza. Right now they're owned by Service Life and Causality Insurance Company. In the early to mid-1800s the ground these structures now stand on was part of the original mission of the Alamo.

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In March, the Daughters of the Republic of Texas sued the state of Texas' General Land Office over the contents of the Alamo Library–now the Alamo Research Center.

The Daughters contend they own most of the more than 30,000 items in its collection. The lawsuit came shortly after Land Commissioner George P. Bush ended the contract of the Daughters as managers of the Alamo.

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State and local officials gathered Wednesday at the Alamo to highlight state funding allocated to preserve and develop the historic site. 

The Texas legislature approved $31.5 million this year for improvements to the Alamo.

How will it be spent?

Most of that answer is still up in the air, according to state Sen.  José Menéndez.

“Everything’s open," says Menéndez. "I mean, there’s possibilities of buying, possibilities of expanding. We shouldn’t limit ourselves by what we have today.” 

David Martin Davies

Texas has seceded twice in its history. The attempt during the Civil War didn’t go well but one could say breaking away from Mexico did. And there are those who would like to try secession again from the United States.  The Texas Nationalist Movement says they are building momentum and voters could soon have their say about Texas independence.

San Antonio is home to two important tourist attractions – the Alamo and the River Walk – which are in competition for the top tourist destination in Texas.